On the cover: Elsa Flores photographed Daniel Montano’s Indian blue peacock at the California Open show last February.
I’ve been lucky enough recently to see a lot of carvings at a couple of shows. Both the Ohio Decoy Collectors and Carvers Association’s annual get-together in March and the
Ward World Championship in April boasted their usual collection of terrific work and good times. You’ll get to see a lot of it when you get Competition 2010 next winter. Which reminds me—I’d better get working on that.
You can also get a sampling of carvings from this year’s California Open right here in this issue. The palm frond division is a staple at that show and the entries this year were so spectacular we decided they deserved a Showcase feature. I was supposed to be at the show, but good ol’ Mother Nature nixed those plans by delivering a one-two punch to the East Coast in February, canceling all my flights out West. At least I can enjoy these carvings within the pages of the magazine. The Internet is great, but the old ink on paper is still hard to beat.
This article is from the Summer 2010 issue. For more information on our issues, check out our issues page.